September 04, 2017

Tata Power Delhi Distribution to empower consumers with a first-in-India (end-to-end) mass rollout of smart meters

  • Smart meters will provide greater service options to consumers with real-time alerts
  • Phase I (two lakh meters) to be implemented in partnership with the global energy management pioneer Landis+Gyr
  • A total replacement and completion of 18 lakh smart meters to be done by 2025

New Delhi: With an aim to provide smart power services to its consumers, Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) is rolling out 2.5 lakh smart meters in the first phase of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project in its licensed area of 510 sq km in North and Northwest Delhi. The project will help Tata Power-DDL to provide greater service options and accurate information to its customers on their energy consumption patterns, helping them to manage their electricity usage more efficiently and improve overall reliability by reducing outage time. The project will also help in enhanced monitoring and control points throughout Tata Power-DDL’s network on a real-time basis and will aid in reduction of commercial losses.

Tata Power-DDL commences a first-in-India mass rollout of smart meters

A smart meter looks like a normal meter but enables two-way communication between the meter and the central system over the free band RF Frequency. Smart meters give consumers greater control over the use of electricity by providing detailed information about their usage and consumption patterns, helping them in planning their expenses better. The meters will also provide more accurate reading of their electricity consumption. The meters will also help in faster outage detection and restoration of service by accurately sending information of the outage to the utility, thereby decreasing restoration time in case of outages. Smart meters will also help in paving the way for a smart grid, which will act as a backbone towards the Smart City Mission.

The first phase of the project is being implemented in partnership with the global energy management pioneer Landis+Gyr. Phase I will include putting up of 50,000 three phase meters and two lakh single phase meters. The roll out of the first phase will happen from March 2018 and is due to get completed by March 2019.

The smart metering plan

  • The first phase will have two lakh single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters
  • The implementation of the communication system and smart meter roll-out will begin from March 2018 and will get completed by March 2019
  • The second phase, starting from April 2019, will have five lakh single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters.
  • The total replacement and completion of 18 lakh smart meters will be completed by 2025.

Tata Power-DDL is also planning a second phase of the implementation, which will have five lakh single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters due to get started from April 2019. The total replacement and completion of 18 lakh smart meters will be done by 2025.

Addressing the media at the press conference, Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power-DDL said, “We are dedicated to bring the state-of-the-art Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology and solutions to our customers in North Delhi. Our work with Landis+Gyr on India’s large scale smart meter and RF canopy deployment for our entire operation area of 510 sq km is a significant step in our effort to bring smart grid technology in India. The smart meter deployment will not only empower our consumers with two-way communication system but will also help us to build an important foundation to become a truly smart grid along with world-class power distribution infrastructure”.

“It gives us at Landis+Gyr an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment to be on this journey with one of India’s most innovative utilities. From energy grid technology to renewable energy initiatives, and on to an online billing and payment system for energy consumers, Tata Power-DDL has been at the forefront in implementing the latest in energy technologies in India. We look forward to supplying this important first tranche of smart meters for them, providing as it will the smart energy data necessary to further deepen the relationship Tata Power-DDL has with its customers,” said Ellie Doyle, executive vice president, APAC, Landis+Gyr .